Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds (Paperback)

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27 May 2003
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Alastair Reynolds
Berkley Pub Group
Number of Pages
171 x 108 x 28mm (318g)


Tanner Mirabel ventures through the dark underside of Chasm City, a once utopian city overrun by a vicious virus known as the Melding Plague, in pursuit of a lowlife postmortal and comes face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that everyone would do anything to keep hidden. Reprint.


Alastair Reynolds redefines Hell in this award-winning novel that confirms him as &;the most exciting space opera writer working today&;(Locus).

The once-utopian Chasm City&;a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet&;has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted&;from the people to the very buildings they inhabit&;only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmare through which he searches for a low-life post-mortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.


General Subject
Science Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure
BIC Classification 1
Science fiction
Library Subject 1
Science fiction
Library Subject 2
Life on other planets
Library Subject 3
Space colonies
Academic Subject 1
English Science Fiction And Fantasy
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon's Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.

Review Quotes

Praise for Chasm City
Winner of The British Science Fiction Association's Award for Best Novel of the Year
One of Locus and Science Fiction Chronicle's "Best SF Novels of the Year"

"Deep, complex and always more than [it] seems. Reynolds succeeds in the hardest task of good science fiction, creating a new world full of wonder."--The Denver Post

"A tightly written story that spirals inevitably inwards toward its powerful conclusion. [Chasm City] confirms Reynolds as the most exciting space opera writer working today."--Locus "The best thing that Reynolds has ever the end, it's a joy."--John Clute, author of Appleseed, coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

"A worth follow-up to Revelation Space. Reynolds transmutes space opera into a nourish, baroque, picaresque mystery tale. Inventiveness and tone are Reynolds' strong points...the novel's details are consistently startling but convincing in context. Reynolds remains one of the hottest new SF writers around."--Publishers Weekly

"Successfully combines SF noir with technothriller in a dark vision of the future."--Library Journal

"An impressive book. Another step toward what could become a very significant 21st century hard SF career."--SF Site